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Russell and Danny Simmons Host Party for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series


Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and his older bro, artist Danny Simmons, hosted a party for the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, a collaboration between the liquor brand and Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, to announce the winners of a nationwide search for America's under known artistic talents.

Inviting emerging artists -- working in painting, sculpture and photography -- from New York, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, and Washington DC, the competition received 1900 submissions, chose 18 finalists to show at the Paris Studios in Miami, and picked two winners for January 2011 shows at Rush's gallery in the New York's Chelsea Arts District.

After hosting a midday brunch earlier in the day that pulled in boldfaced names, such as singers Estelle and Kelly Rowland and artists Kehinde Wiley and Sanford Biggers, at Miami Beach's design-centric Mondrian Hotel, the powers behind Rush, which also includes brother Joseph, aka Reverend Run, who didn't make the ABMB trip, hosted this nighttime affair for the hopeful artists.

"Even though my work is widely collected, I still consider myself an emerging artist," said Danny, the most passionate partner in the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, before Russell announced the winners: Miami sculptor Jorge Cavilier and Washington, D.C. photographer Stanley Squirewell. After the announcement, Russell posed for a few pictures before making a quick exit, while Danny stayed to encourage the finalists that didn't win, as well as the artists in the crowd that wanted to know how they could be part of the next go-around.
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